On August 14th, eighteen year-old Fereshteh Nejati was murdered by her father. Forced into marriage at 14, Fereshteh was seeking a divorce.
The details of her murder are gruesome. The response to the tragedy, however, shows signs of hope for Iran’s women.
Where am I finding this hope? Well, Fereshteh’s community decided that enough is enough. Some 2000 people – men and women – gathered in the streets to demand an end to honor killings, and to claim Fereshteh’s body for a respectful burial.
See photos of the demonstration here.
As always, check out the International Campaign Against Honour Killings . There, you can join communities like Fereshteh’s in their efforts.
* Please remember to keep taking action for Kobra Najjar, an Iranian woman facing imminent stoning.
* Sign the anti-honor killing petition I’ve told you about here.
* Send letters to the Pakistani government demanding that they take action against honor killings.
* Work against the epidemic of rape in Afghanistan.